Ocasio-Cortez accused of 'faking an accent' while speaking to a predominantly black audience in NYC
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was criticized for her seemingly new accent while speaking to a predominantly black audience in New York City, at the annual convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on Friday. In her passionate speech, the congresswoman spoke about her past employment as a bartender as she tried to convey the message that employment was something to be proud of. She further pointed out that her former job has certainly raised many eyebrows and there have been attempts made to delegitimize her status as an elected official.
In the speech, she stated, "I'm proud to be a bartender. Ain't nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work. There is nothing wrong with being a working person in the United States of America and there is everything dignified about it." She further added that her past encourages her since it shows that if she can "work in a restaurant and become a member of the United States Congress, so can you.”
She also explained that anyone with a distinctive upbringing might tend to speak that way, as she said, "Folks talking about my voice can step right off. Women’s March & Kavanaugh speech, same. Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate class enviros at school/work knows what’s up. My Spanish is the same way. These conspiracy mills are [trash emoji]."